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Crime Club




BROADCAST: December 1946 - October 1947.

HOST: Barry Thomson as the host/librarian and Raymond Edward Johnson.

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Roger Bower.

30-minute murder mystery stories adapted for radio by Stedman Coles or Wyllis Cooper from based on and featuring some of the stories from the Doubleday Crime Club books.

Crime Club was broadcast by Mutual and produced and directed by Roger Bower. The post war stories were by various different authors and adapted for radio by among others Stedman Coles and Wyllis Cooper (writer of Lights Out and Quiet Please). The narrator played by Barry Thomson is the supposed curator of the Crime Club library. He speaks to the listener as if they have just arrived or phoned and requested one of the Club's books.

The telephone rings, “Hello I hope I haven’t kept you waiting. This is the librarian, Silent Witnesses; yes we have that Crime Club book for you, come right over.” The organ plays suspenseful music, the door opens and the librarian says, “Ah you’re here, good take the easy chair by the window. Comfortable? The book is on this shelf…”

He would take the book from the shelf and begin to tell the tale. The story would end with the Librarian informing you that there was a new Crime Club book available this week and every week in bookstores everywhere.


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Reviewer: jtyroler - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 29, 2015
Subject: Great program!
This is a great program, but why is it when you try to download these, there aren't any titles, just The_Crime_Club_461202_ep01.mp3? The names of the programs show up on the first page with the reviews and synopsis of the show.

Anyway, for the most part, these are stand alone stories, different characters and different locations, but there are a few with a Sgt. Cassidy, complete with Irish brogue, who appears in several episodes.
Reviewer: Jonnie King - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 3, 2011
Subject: EXCELLENT OTR !
The "Crime Club" is one of those truly neat Golden Age Shows that often blends comedy with the mystery.

All of these Episodes are clean with great audio quality, and this is a short-run Series that should have lasted longer: Good plots, good Intros & Outros from the "Librarian" (who is PERFECT by the way !),good music bridges,good casts.

Many of the shows such as "Murder Makes A Mummy", "A Deed Indeed", and, "Fish For Entree" add a dash of "Mr. & Mrs. North" or "The Thin Man" comedy with the mystery...with a male-female pairing that works very well.

Enjoy these Episodes ! They're among the "best" of the "short run" Series of OTR programs that were produced !!
Reviewer: PamelaMc. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 5, 2009
Subject: Relax with a good book.
I enjoy murder mysteries and this series hooked me on the Crime Club books. Mildly simplistic but well done and pleasent entries make this a great choice for folks who enjoy the world of OTR.
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